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GE3: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall
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Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Junior, Pre-Junior
Eligible Majors:
All Engineering Majors, Biomedical Engineering, Information Sciences, Information Technology
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Dormitory, Off-Campus
Program Advisor:
Mary Hagenbach
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Program Description:

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The Global Engineering Education Exchange (GE3) is an international exchange program for all College of Engineering, Biomed Engineering and iSchool majors during their pre-junior and junior year. The program allows Drexel students to study in one of 12 countries overseas, fully immersed into the education, culture and daily life of their host country. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and explore your academic interests from a different perspective.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is regarded as one of the most prestigious science and technology-focused schools in Hong Kong.  The public university is located in the heart of Kowloon and just a short 5-minute ferry ride to Hong Kong island.  PolyU currently enrolls over 28,000 students in a wide array of programs meant to directly meet industrial, commercial and community needs of the city and region.
For more information about the PolyU exchange program, visit their website:

The Academics

Students may take courses within the following majors at PolyU. All courses are taught in English. Please find course descriptions at    

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  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building Engineering & Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Program Calendar

PolyU is a semester-based school. Fall Semester works best with Drexel’s fall term calendar. Due to the need for cycle and program changes, we encourage you to begin planning at least 12 months in advance. Students with fall/winter co-op will need a cycle change in order to participate in this program.
Fall semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring semester: Late January to Mid-JuneHong Kong skyline at night
Please see HK Polytechnic’s academic calendar at:
Course Equivalencies:  During the application process, students will need to get course equivalents pre-approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a Mechanical Engineering course abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Mechanical Engineering department head.  Please find information on PolyU’s faculty of engineering on
Grading & Credits: Students are taught and graded by PolyU faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on students’ Drexel transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

The Experience

Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the largest government-funded university in Hong Kong. It is often ranked among the top 150 universities in the world.  PolyU consists of six colleges including Applied Sciences and Textiles, Business, Construction and Environment, Engineering, Health and Social Sciences, and Humanities. It is widely recognized for its civil engineering faculty for the number of sited research papers the faculty has conducted.
PolyU is prominently located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong, directly across from Hong Kong Island. The city’s unique location serves as a gateway to China and the rest of Asia.  Hong Kong is also widely regarded as the business hub of Asia with the pace of New York mixed in with Eastern traditions and culture.  University students in Hong Kong are some of the brightest and hardworking in the world.  An experience at PolyU will undoubtedly help engineering majors view the world in a new way and gain deeper understanding of progressive engineering initiatives in Asia.
Housing: Students are encouraged to apply for on campus housing through the university. All rooms are fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with broadband Internet access. All exchange students are guaranteed a place at PolyU's Student Halls of Residence as long as they complete the housing application before PolyU’s deadline.Shopping in Hong Kong
Meals: Students have the option of eating at on-campus food canteens or going out to one of the many affordable food shops in Kowloon. There are no meal plans at the university.
Visa Instructions: Anyone without the right of abode in Hong Kong must obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. The most efficient way to apply to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for a visa is via PolyU. PolyU will send a visa application form to each student with the admission package. After receiving the completed application form from the student, PolyU will process the application on the student's behalf.

Money Matters

Students are billed their normal Drexel tuition and keep all financial aid during their term abroad. The study abroad program fee will be billed to students’ Drexel accounts. Please refer to the program Budget Sheet for cost details. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Students who receive Federal Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
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